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Area Served:European Theater of Operations
B Gaston was born on February 4, 1911 at
entered military service on February 25, 1942. He took basic
training at Jefferson Barracks,
Gaston regularly played for the Fighter Command Thunderbolts
ball team, and in August 1943, he was selected to play with the
Eighth Air Force All-Stars – a team of professionals who were
led by former Senators' pitcher, Montie Weaver. Before a crowd
of 20,000 at
turned to pitching during the war years and when he returned to
from batting over .500 all season, Gaston won many games for the
Airmen, including an 11 strike out performance against the
Greenhaven Guards when he struck out Wes Westrum twice.
Gaston returned to the Pepperell Mill team after military service. In 1948, he batted .428 for the season, posted a perfect 7-0 record, and was the most valuable player in the league playoff series.
Jack Gaston continued playing into the 1950s. By the time he retired from the game he had played 25 years in textile league baseball. But he didn’t stop swinging a bat for many more years, and in 1984, at the age of 73, he slapped an inside-the-park home run to lead his slow pitch softball team to an 11-0 win!
In 1988, Gaston was inducted into the Rome-Floyd County Sports Hall of Fame. He passed away in
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